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Address: St 13, corner of St. 178 | National Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: +855 17 998 570
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Description: Plae Pakaa is an initiative by Cambodian Living Arts, a non-profit...
Plae Pakaa is an initiative by Cambodian Living Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. The production features three rotating shows in an open-air theater at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. Each performance showcases a wide range of traditional performing arts. With more than Apsara dances, we offer you the chance to discover the diversity of Cambodian culture and traditional arts through dramatic and dynamic performances. In addition to giving a unique opportunity to experience Cambodian culture and arts, Cambodian Living Arts aims to empower emerging arts professionals through their development and employment. Your participation enhances our mission to transform and revitalize the country through creative expression. Tickets for high season are on sale starting October 1, 2014 and available till March 28, 2015. Change in Schedule: There will be NO show during the Water Festival November 5,6,7. The regular schedule will resume Saturday November 8.
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A gréât show to finish our Journey

We saw the dance show at the end of our trip In Cambodia. We had a great time. The costume the Music and of course the dancers are wonderful. After seeing all the apsara statues... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We saw the dance show at the end of our trip In Cambodia. We had a great time. The costume the Music and of course the dancers are wonderful. After seeing all the apsara statues in Angkor I was glad to finally see them for real! 😉

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The intimate space within the National Museum of Cambodia provided an up-close-and-personal experience of Shadow Puppetry for each member of the audience. The puppets speak for themselves but CLA does an incredible job showcasing each artist's talents whether they be on stage or off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

This hour long show was a beautiful introduction to Cambodian arts and culture. It is worth while seeing especially when you appreciate that under the Khmer rouge 90 percent of Cambodia's artists were killed. Thanks to this program Cambodian arts and culture lives on for another generation and many to come.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Plae Pakaa currently has three shows: Cambodian Classical & Folk Dance, Spirit Within ("a musical journey through the intricate rituals" of country life), and Mak Therng, a dramatic operetta based on an ancient story. I had a strange experience with these folks. I wanted to see Spirit Within, which normally is performed on Wednesdays. Tickets to Plae Pakaa can be... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

There are a few different shows to choose from, every night has a different show. If you buy your ticket from outside the museum before 5pm the tickets are a few dollars cheaper. We went to the Mak Therng show a story about love and justice. The actors were brilliant, there is English translation on the screen so you can... More 

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CambodianLivingArts, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your support. We are glad you see the importance of our work and that you were able to follow the story. The performers are talented and passionate about the arts. More 

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
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183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Very enjoyable performance. This is traditional culture with classical music and dance - nothing cheesy or unnatural. Very skillful performers. You will appreciated it very much. Not too expensive. The timing, (7-8 pm) however, is smack in the middle of dinner time.

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CambodianLivingArts, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and sorry if you got a bit hungry. :) We are glad you saw the authenticity of the performance. Cambodian Living Arts is focused on keeping the traditional arts alive while encouraging exploration with other arts projects. Thanks again! More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

wonderful way to spend the evening in the backdrop of the national museaum, great talent, great cause

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CambodianLivingArts, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Cassie thank you for coming to the show - couldn't say it better ourselves "great talent, great cause" thank you for your support. More 

Reignier, France
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Just got out from the show and I really wanted to post a review on TripAdvisor while the Tuktuk take me home! It is the show! Something that you must see once in your lifetime! Not too long and not too short! I was with my daughter and she really likes the dance and the music! Thank you for keeping... More 

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CambodianLivingArts, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Thank you Mitch for your awesome review! We are glad you and the family enjoyed the show and were inspired to write a review. They really help our future guests understand our work and the GREATNESS of the show! More 

Macau, China
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

This traditional Khmer opera at the National Museum is a must see in Phnom Penh. It was an unforgettable experience. Truly amazing acting, costumes, music, and the story left us both in tears. The one we saw was the story of Mak Therng, which was about love and justice. I cannot recommend this highly enough. The VIP seats cost US$25/person... More 

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CambodianLivingArts, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Hello Edward, thank you so much for coming to the show. The opera is a growing favorite and the story is so moving. Thank you for sharing the information about our VIP tickets. We hope you enjoyed the traditional CD you received as part of your cultural gift! More 

London, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Seemed pricey at 15 usd but in advance I think it's 12 usd. We went along as it was to support the Cambodian living arts and found the show really interesting colourful and fun. Family friendly and a good evening activity if you aren't into pubs and clubs!

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CambodianLivingArts, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Glad you decided to join us and thanks for the tip about our discounts if you book in advance. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Cambodia and happy you had a good experience at the show! More 

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